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33O                             LETTERS   FROM   THE

forty yards circumference* of deeper water, with
islands of bushes upon it. It is the best entrance
to the infernal regions the poets could have had,
and much more characteristic than the pretty
Pisena or Cyane, near Syracuse, through which
Pluto carried off his wife.

Near the lake I found two large rocks of the
same scoria as I have seen at Vesuvius, and that
is the only volcanic substance I could see. We
returned to the estate we had left in the morning,
and there slept. Next day we went up the Separi,
a fine navigable river, the banks of which are
covered with woods as far as the embarcadero
of Mr. Hall, who has a noble estate, quite a
territory.

The Union was our next place of rest. We
then procured horses and mules (very indifferent
ones), and rode through woods, in tracks almost
impracticable, into the high country, to a noble
property of Brice, reckoned the best land in the
island, and thence to the Indian Mission of the
Savana, where we breakfasted with a Spanish
curate, and saw his three hundred very neat
active Indians. They live in a large village on
a hill, lofty and airy, in a woody pasture thirteen
miles in diameter.

We came back by Petitbourg, through a most